The Importance Of The Glass Ceiling

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“It shall be an unlawful employment practice for an employer … to discriminate against any individual with respect to his compensation, terms, conditions, or privileges of employment, because of such individual’s race, color, religion, sex, or national origin.”
- Title VII, Civil Rights Act of 1964
The Glass Ceiling is defined as “an unofficially acknowledged barrier to advancement in a profession, especially affecting women and members of minorities.” (google.com) although, referencing glass, this barrier is transparent. This transparency creates the illusion that American women, regardless of race or other factors, hold economic and professional equality to men. However, statistics shall prove this is not the current, and past trend in the
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Traditionally and naturally, mothers raise and take care of their entire family . Obviously, this only seems ordinary as females are naturally responsible for giving birth to offspring. Nonetheless, one in four children today are being raised by a single mother, with 45% of these families living below the poverty line. With one and four children being raised by a single mother, the median income of a single mother versus a married couple is $26,000 to $84,000. Additionally, only one-third of these mothers received any form of child support, and the average of this “support” totals to be around $430 a month. This is another epitome of the glass ceiling, for these statistics blatantly emphasize the hardships faced by single mothers. Hardships that not only drive a large percentage of women into poverty, but restrict the ability to further their education or to even seek employment in some cases. A single mother cannot reach financial stability or proliferation when under incessant, economic stress, while the fathers of the children can produce nothing to bare minimum support for the children. Therefore, the glass ceiling is almost legally imposed upon single mothers with the lack of governmental interference regarding child support control and payments. While numerous radicals may state “Don’t have a child if you’re not ready to support one”, 52% of children are birthed to women below the age of 25. It is not idealistic, nor reasonable to presume single mothers “did it to themselves”. Although there are households headed by single fathers, these households equate to only 17% of single-parent families. Of this 17%, only 21% live in poverty in contrast with the 45% of single mothers. With an overwhelming majority of 83% single mother households on the

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